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Ask the iTunes Guy: When is it better to store apps and music in the cloud?

Kirk McElhearn | Sept. 22, 2014
Recent news is dominated by the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but not everything in the Apple universe revolves around its latest releases. I have three burning questions in this week's column that may interest iTunes users regardless of which devices they use. I look at a question about deleting all the apps in an iTunes library, discuss setting up iTunes Match and then deleting all your locally stored music, and look at a way to catch up on old episodes of podcasts.

I read that "My Stations" is the replacement for podcast playlists, but it looks like it lacks the functionality I need to catch up on the podcasts from oldest to newest. I say this because the "include" drop-down menu in the Station Settings only lets me select "all" or the "X newest episodes." Is there a way to reverse this logic so that it includes the "X oldest episodes"?

Alas, no. I listen to some podcasts like this, especially when I come across a new podcast that I like. The only workaround is to set up a podcast station with all the episodes and set the play order to Oldest to Newest. The problem with this, however, is that you may have lots of episodes synced to your devices. What I would do is not download too many of the episodes. Instead, start with the oldest ones and download, say, ten at a time, so they don't fill up your devices.


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